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's a look at how 14-year-old marcus johnson is being remembered. reporter: the memorial is over but there's a few dozen people visiting with the johnson family. he may only have been 14 years old but marcus johnson described as the energizer bunny. touched more lives than people twice his age. more than 1200 people packed the church for the memorial to marcus johnsonment room for attendees had to be made in other areas to handle the crowd. easels showed photos from his toddler years to his prowess on the basketball court and a racer. photos with his mother, father, and younger braid, indicated the closeness of the family. marcus' mother was touched by the outpouring of support, and heartbroken at not being able to be with her son. >> i'm overwhelmed by the number of people that are here. he would be overwhelmed. i think he'd say, wow, cool. but i wish they al we in an arena somewhere watching me play basketball. forever we'll feel the warm of your smile, the magic in your eyes and the gentleness of your soul. reporter: marcus was killed when his cousin lost control of his sprint car while
raceway park on saturday. friends and family of 14- year-old marcus johnson have been stopping by the memorial outside his family's muffler shop. police say the boy was one of two people killed when a race car sped out of control during a warmup lap on a race track in marysville and crashed into the pit area. 68-year-old dale wondergem of grass valley was also killed. authorities say the boy is the cousin of the driver of the race car.who was not injured. chase johnson was behind the wheel during saturday's fatal crash. the petaluma high school senior has also been a competitive racer since a young age.his website reveals that he comes from 4 generations of race car drivers. the 17 year old lives in penngrove.a town outside petaluma. some of the championships he's won have been at the petaluma speedway. his shop teacher at petaluma high says chase is a good student. one of several kids at the school that are very involved in the sport. to lose a family member is very difficult. 14 year old marcus johnson.known by the nickname m-j was a lifelong racer.starting with smaller vehic
'm baits bait. a north bay teenager was remembered as a memorial. marcus johnson was killed last weekend when his cousin lost control of a race car. >> with heavy, heavy hearts we come here today, not with all the answers but with a lot of hurt. >> a memorial with marcus johnson here at santa rosa bible church. his life was kron called on stage from infancy to basketball to a go-cart racer. they had a loving and supportive relationship. his short life touched hundreds of people. they gathered at the church to honor and celebrate his life. his mother deanna johnson was deeply touched. >> i'm overwhelmed by the number of people that are here. he would be overwhelmed i think he would say, wow, cool. >> he was killed march 16th when a sprinted car driven by his cousin chase johnson malfunctioned. the car geared off the track killing mar kiss and a supporter. his mother mentioned taking him to school each day. >> it's going to be really hard taking him to school and picking him up every day. every day i pass middle rincon road and have tears in my eyes. >> they talked about his behavior and y
. constitutes at the middle school in santa rosa gathered last night to remember marcus johnson^. on saturday three was one of two in pit area at the raceway park killed by an out-of-control sprint car that was actually driven by his own cousin, 17-year-old chase johnson, a senior at petaluma high school. mourners noted the double tragedy for the johnson family. >> in first grade he would bring his race cars to school for events and it was fun to see. >> i cannot think of a worse tragedy. he and his cousin were as close as you could be. they raced the same raceway. >> the cause of the tragic crash is under investigation. some family members say the steering wheel came off. >> happening now, bart is taking a second look at the bicycle policy this week allowing bicycles on the trains at all times going this morning. the pilot program comes with a few restrictions. the first car of each train is off limits to bicycles. dug rush hour, no bicycles are allowed in the first three cars of the train. this test program runs this week only and ends on friday. abc7 news reporter will have more next half
. the students at middle school gathered last night to remember marcus johnson. on saturday, he was one of two in the pit area at the raceway park and was killed by an out-of-control sprint car that was actually being driven by marcus' cousin, chase johnson, 17 years old, a senior at petaluma high school. a double tragedy for those who are sharing the johnson family
reporter: with those wrds began a memorial for marcus johnson. marcus' life was chronicled on the stage, from infan sis to basketball, to a 14-year-old go-kart champion racer. his short life touched hundreds of people and more than 1200 people. from family, friends, and go-kart racers, gathered to honor and celebrate his life. his mother was deeply touched. >> i'm overwhelmed by the number of people who are here. he would be overwhenned. i think he'd say, wow, cool. reporter: marcus was killed when a sprint car driven by his cows sin malfunctioned. the car veered off the track, killing marcus and a 68-year-old race supporter. tears flowed freely at the memorial, especially when his mother mentioned taking him to school. >> going to be very hard not to take him to school and pick him up every day, and everytime i pass the road will have tears in my eyes. >> his teacher choked up when he talked about marcus, and a young friend broke down in tears when she sung a song for marcus. >> a fund has been started for marcus, and because he like to help students less fortunate to him,
-old marcus johnson. and the pilot program bike on bart starts today. from now until friday will be able to bring your bikes on every bart train. it's the second pilot is a success, bart staff will return to the board with a proposal for a permit changes to buy a policy. >> you may need an umbrella heading into tuesday and wednesday. we do have patchy, a cloud cover. high clouds streaming in in advance of the system. heading into the afternoon it will be a nice day. temperatures in the '60s if not low seventies. later tonight high cloud cover will continue temperatures in the '50s. if you leave for work or school. upper '30's now in santa rosa. navto is one of the cold spots. 46 in redwood city. 45 in fremont. falling the numbers into the afternoon. plenty of upper 60s in south bay. los gatos 71. 67 in san jose. to the east bay interior valleys could climb to 71 for fairfield, antioch, danville, and pleasanton. 64 in richmond. it may be a little cooler along the east bay shoreline. 62 expected in downtown san francisco. >> here is our satellite and radar view. high clouds streaming in ov
there's not much you can do johnson's print car hit and killed his 14 el-year-old cousin, marcus johnson. also killed wag dale wondergem of agrees way. chase johnson's family secluded themselves from the media with a sign saying they wanted privacy. friends of the families left flowers and notes at the muffler shop. michael lives in the area and knows the. >> john: -- knows the johnson family. the didn't hassle -- >> marcus was a sweet kid. and i know that his dad loved him very much. >> probably the best person to be around most of the time. he was always nice and nice to talk to. reporter: michael said is sat but will continue to race. johnson had his own close call two years ago, his car flipped over during a race but johnson was unhurt. chase johnson was not hurt in the accident, and no one else on the racetrack was injured. thual ya -- the shakes -- sheriff's department is investigating. >> new tonight at 6:00, four people suffered minor injuries after a small pickup truck slammed into a thrift store in vallejo this afternoon. firefighters evacuated at least 40 people from
. friends and family of 14 year-old marcus johnson have been stopping by the moral outside of his family's muffler shop. he was one of two people killed when a race car sped out of control during a warm-up lap on the racetrack in marysville and crashed into the pit area. 68 year-old hideo wondergem of grass valley was also killed. >> authorities say the boy is the cousin of the driver of the race car was not injured. chase the johnson was behind the wheel during saturday's fatal crash. the pedal high school senior has also been a competitive fraser says a young age. his web site revealed that he comes from four generations of race car drivers. the 17 year-old lives and penngrsove. a town outside of pelham up. some of the championships each one have been at the petaluma speedway. his shop teacher at petaluma high school says chase is a good student. one of several kids at the school and a very involved in the sport. >> it is very difficult and sad to hear. >> chase johnson's website listed marcus as a member of the crew but the yuba county sheriff's department reports that market was not
more information about the victim and the driver. >> reporter: 14 -year-old marcus johnson known by mj was a lifelong racer according to his website. starting with smaller vehicles like go carts since he was five years old. you can him posing with a trophy and a trophy in this snapshot alongside his older cousin, chase. you on the right-hand side of the screen. that young man, now 17 was behind the wheel during saturday's fatal crash. jason johnson has also been a competitive racer since a young age. his website revealed he comes from four generations of racecar drivers. the 17 -year-old who was uninjured in the crash lives and then grab a town outside of paloma. some of the championships he has won have been right here at the speedway. jason is a senior at petaluma high school shop teacher says is a good student one of several kids who is very involved in the sport. >> it is a family activity. it is a wonderful thing to have a great sport like that with your family. but to lose a family member over it is very difficult. and the sad to hear. >> chase johnson's racing website lists marc
-year-old marcus johnson held a private funeral yesterday and today was a chance for the community to participate as well. johnson was killed when his 17-year-old cousin spun out of control during a pre-race warm-up last weekend. a 68-year-old man was also killed. he owned another race car at that track. today johnson's family, friends, teachers, and coaches shared their memories as they grieved a young life lost too soon. >> i know several of the players, one of them i liked immediately was marcus. he stood out because of his friendly demeanor and hard work ethic. >> johnson was an eighth grader at rincon valley middle school in santa rosa. his family says his dream of all dreams was to drive a ferrari formula one race car on tracks around the world. >>> this evening, the chp is trying to figure out what a man was doing on an open freeway when he was hit by a car and killed. the chp says it happened about 12:30 this afternoon on eastbound 580 near dutton avenue. the three right lanes were blocked for a few hours while investigators were on the scene. investigators say the man may
. this he would have loved it to know everyone cared so much about him. >> 14-year-old marcus johnson was an eighth grader. on saturday he was one of two people in the pit area who was killed by an out of control race car at marysville race way park north of sacramento. that car was driven by marcus' cousin, 17-year-old chase johnson. he is a senior at petaluma high school. patrick is marcus' coach and knows the family well. >> i can't think of a worse tragedy. he and his cousin were as close as can be. they raced at the same race way. >> racing was in marcus' blood. he was a fourth generation race car driver. the family liked to race winged sprint cars like the one seen here in a race won by his cousin, chase. marcus' classmates knew of his passion for cars early on. >> i remember being in first grade and he would bring his race cars to our school for events. it was really fun to see. >> the cause of the crash is under investigation, but the family has told others that the steering wheel came off. classmates say marcus' cousin, chase, is in their thoughts too. >> it is so sad that hi
cared so much about him. >> 14-year-old marcus johnson was an eighth grader. on saturday he was one of two people in the pit area who was killed by an out of control race car at marysville race way park north of sacramento. that car was driven by marcus' cousin, 17-year-old chase johnson. he is a senior at petaluma high school. patrick is marcus' coach and knows the family well. worsean't think of tragedy. he and his cousin were as close as can be. they raced at the same race way. >> racing was in marcus' blood. he was a fourth generation race car driver. the family liked to race like te one seen here in a race won by his cousin, chase. marcus' classmates knew of his passion for cars early on. >> i remember being in first grade and he would bring his race cars to our school for events. it was really fun to see. >> the cause of the crash isione family has told others that the steering wheel came off. classmates say marcus' cousin, chase, is in their thoughts too. >> it is so sad that his cousin, even though he did nothing wrong, he will have to think about this and know that he -- an
that memorial service to honor the life of marcus johnson. the eighth grader and another bystander were killed when a race car driven by marcus' cousin lost control. yesterday they remembered him as a model student and player. >> goodbye for now. goodbye for now marcus. and until we meet again, i hope you're always the lead car and hitting all your jump shots. >> today is the first day back from spring break where johnson was an eighth grader. grief counselors there be there on campus today and a special assembly has been planned in his honor. >>> time now 4:52. a new memorial has been made for those killed in that san bruno pipeline explosion. the community worked together for months to create the wall which is made out of sir rammic tile. it honors the eight people killed in the 2010 explosion including three members of the church. 38 homes were destroyed. >>> two sacramento men are facing charges on forcing two women into prostitution. 23-year-old glen harris brought the women to santa rosa and martin is accused of helping him do that. they organized a sting operation using information. one
will be at his school. hundreds attended that memorial service to honor the life of marcus johnson. the eighth grader and another bystander were killed when a race car driven by marcus' cousin lost control. yesterday they remembered him as a model student and player. >> goodbye for now. goodbye for now marcus. and until we meet again, i hope you're always the lead car and hitting all your jump shots. >> today is the first day back from spring break where johnson was an eighth grader. grief counselors there be there on campus today and a special assembly has been planned in his honor. >>> time now 4:52. a new memorial has been made for those killed in that san bruno pipeline explosion. the community worked together for months to create the wall which is made out of sir rammic tile. it honors the eight people killed in the 2010 explosion including three members of the church. 38 homes were destroyed. >>> two sacramento men are facing charges on forcing two women into prostitution. 23-year-old glen harris brought the women to santa rosa and martin
at the marysville raceway a week ago is being remembered as the track re-opens tonight. a private funeral for marcus johnson was held today. a public memorial is tomorrow. he was killed along with man when a car driven by marcus' 17-year-old cousin flew off the track. there was a mechanical failure and track officials say the track is safe. >> viewers sent us pictures of the aftermath of a transformer blowing up. it caused bushes to catch on fire. thousands of residents were without power. no injuries were reported. pg&e has not been told why the the transformer blew. jake is a tattoo artist. >> two months ago the pepper valley's was destroyed in this fire. at the bottom of the hour, a benefit concert will be held to collect funds to rebuild it. several bands and standup comics will perform. >>> the fbi has joined the search for a bay area bank robber, wanted for two bank robberies this month, one at the chase tbharchg walnut creek and the other at the wells fargo. the thief has a trademark long sleeved collared shirt, described as a black man between 30 and 35 years old with a veriy beard and goate
mar marcus johnson and also killed was 68-year-old from grass valley. they were at the penngrove home was the sign saying privacy to deal with the horrible tragedy. friends left flowers at muffler shop that the father owns here in santa rosa. 11-year-old michael is also an award sprint car driver. as a father his death has hit him hard. >> he was sweet kid, i know that his dad loved him very much. >> he was always nice and nice to talk to. >> michael said he is sad in his passing but he will continue to race. chase outside of the two fatalities no one was injured. the sheriff's department is investigating. >> carolyn: four people suffered minor injuries after a small pickup truck slammed into a thrift store in vallejo. it happened on sonoma boulevard around 2:00 this afternoon. firefighters evacuated 40 people from that store. you can see the impact knocked out a large part of the store's front doors and sent merchandise flying. paramedics treated people at the scene and there is no word when the store might reopen. >> happening now in sacramento county, a wildfire is still burning an
a race car that slammed into his 14-year-old cousin marcus johnson and a man with him. wayne freedman is live tonight. everyone is just devastated. >> they are. the school is empty today. it's out for break but the people are devastated. the kmunlt is devastated. the news today from the family they have a feeling whatever went wrong that car had to do with this steering wheel. they think it came loose somehow or may have broken. let's deal withs deal with the community. >> a sign outside of the home asking for privacy. a memorial outside of the family business. and another all demonstrations of sympathy and grief for a family bonding through racing and now, suffering a gut wrenching loss because of it. >> they were a close, close family. i mean, skront a better family. it's hard, really hard. >> the grandmother smoke from the family must haveler shop. saturday night her grandson had been racing his sprint car, lost control at 90 miles per hour and plowed into the crowd, killing two people, including his 14-year-old cousin, marcus. >> he leaves his father's side goes to the bathroom. t
will happen next week when school resumes after spring break. marcus johnson was in the pit area watching his cousin race when the cousin's car slid off the track. the santa rosa 8th grader and another spector re hit and killed. the principal at rincon valley middle school plans to hold the assembly on the 29th. the teen's funeral is this sunday at santa rosa baptist church. the family has set up a memorial fund to help with funeral exex-- ex-- expenses. >>> the worldster welcome, the new pope. as lauren green report, the new pontiff had a message -- reports, the nut pontiff had a message -- the new pontiff had a message -- >> reporter: in his homily to the crowd, he called on the faithful to protect the weakest and the poorest in the world. >> translator: it means protecting people, showing loving concern for each and every person, especially children, the elderly, and those left in our hearts. >> reporter: dignitaries were there including the vice president, joe biden. the new pontiff -- pontiff sending a message to them -- >> translator: i would like to ask all men and women of good will,
-old marcus johnson of petaluma before the race began. the two were killed when a car driven by johnson's cousin crashed into the pit area. the race has been controversial but officials say it was impossible to reschedule the race. >>> san jose police released a picture today and they want to you take a good look at it. this is man stabbed and killed a san jose mother yesterday. it happened in broad daylight in a parking lot across the street from the sheriff's department. 25-year-old juan ramirez had allegedly been stalking the person for two years. the 29-year-old leaves behind a 10-year-old son. >> she was doing all the right things. she was contacting the police department. she was reporting these crimes. she was puck out restraining orders trying to protect herself from this individual. it is very unfortune that this happened. it appeared that she was doing everything she could do to avoid it. >> investigators say ramirez may be headed to mexico, possibly driving a dark green 1996 toyota pickup truck similar to the one you see in that picture. >>> santa clara county had a buy back
weekend. the family of 14-year-old marcus johnson held a private funeral yesterday and today was a chance for the community to join the family. johnson was killed when his 17-year-old cousin spun out of control during a prerace warmup last weekend. he was in eighth grade and his mom says he would have been touched to see everyone paying tribute to him today. >> he would be overwhelmed, i think he'd say, "wow, cool." but i wish they all were in an arena somewhere watching me play basketball. >> a 58-year-old man was also killed in an accident. he owned another race car on that track. >>> and this evening, the chp is trying to figure out why a man was walking on a freeway in oakland overnight. he was hit and killed. it happened on eastbound 580. the three right lanes were blocked for several hours while investigators within 0 the scene. police say the man may have been trying to run across the lanes or may have fallen from a nearby overpass. >>> san francisco police arrested 11 people today for vandalism. a tip from a neighbor led police to the arrests at 3:00 this morning near seventh stre
of them was chase's 14 year old cousin, marcus johnson. relatives say the cousins were very close. 68 year old dale wondergem of grass valley was also killed. >>> alameda police are investigating a stabbing that left two people injured at a bar. it happened around closing time last night at skobiex's on central avenue will people were out celebrating st. patrick's day. police say the victims were involved in a fight between two groups. one victim was stabbed in the neck. the second was cut on the head. investigators are trying to determine what type of weapon was used. neighbors say this is not the first time there has been trouble at skobie's. >> this violence is it just seems like it could easily be prevented. i don't know why they are serving people when they are clearly intoxicated to the point where they are having street fights in a residential area. >> so far, no arrests have been made. one of the victims underwent surgery and is now in stable condition. the other was treat and released. >>> just about 90 minutes from now, former santa cl
to remember 14 year old marcus johnson. he died last week at the marysville raceway -- struck and killed in a freak accident by his cousin's racecar. all after it went off the track and crashed into him in the pit. kron 4's j.r. stone is following the story. and was at today's funeral. his name was marcus johnson?.he may have only been 14 years old when he died but during those years he touched the lives of many marcuss mom, gina johnson, spoke at his memorial sunday and fought back tears the entire time. johnson was an up and coming racer?he started competing on go karts at age 5 and in nine years won more than 200 races. his race suits and trophy?s were on stage at his memorial sunday?.along with his basketball gear. one by one his classmates came to the microphone but they didn?t talk about marcus?s athletic ability. they talked about marcus their good friend. through the tears his mom remembered the good times and one of her last memories with her son. >> there were lots of tears shed here at this memorial on sunday. also lots of parents holding their kids a bit tighter. some of the
business.with candles, flowers.and stuffed animals. and messages to the victim.14 year old marcus johnson.here's one sign that says our sunshine.and shows a picture of marcus.who is standing on the left.with other family members.including his nine year old brother. here's a message in chalk has his racing number.18.and says you will be forever in our hearts. another message to his cousin who was driving the car that killed marcus.chase johnson.which says we love you chase, stay strong. i spoke to the grandparents of both boys.who you see here in this photo.marcus on the left, and chase on the right.they were too overwhelmed to go on camera.the grandfather says that the acciddent was caused when the steering wheel came off of chase's race car.causing his to go the wrong way.he hit some tires put up as a barricade.and the car when up and over.hitting marcus who had just gotten up from his seat and was walking away.a 68 year old grass valley man was also killed. the family says chase feels terrible about the accident. the boys were very close.more like brothers than cousins.both boys loved t
yesterday. hundreds came out to remember 14 year old marcus johnson. he died last week at the marysville raceway -- struck and killed in a freak accident by his cousin's racecar. all after it went off the track and crashed into him in the pit. kron 4s j-r stone is following the story. and takes us to the funeral. more bay area news. his mom talked about the good times. >> he literally picked me up in the air and twirled me around. fire was amazed that he could pick me of. saw he had such a common sense about them and his allies would smile and light up a room. i spoke with a number of teenagers saying that school will not breathe the same without them. j.r. stone, kron 4 news. >> after a 90-minute stand off with police, a novato resident is now undergoing a psychiatric evaluation. this is video from our helicopter partnership with a-b-c-seven news, over the scene friday. someone reported the suspect starting a fire in a home near the corner of center road and stasia drive. relatives say that the suspect was acting up and in possible need of psychiatric help. after talking with police the
will return from spring break and they will grieve together over their classmate marcus johnson. his teenagers described him as a model student and player. >> i was completely shocked. not marcus. >> now on saturday, johnson was in the pit area watching his cousin race at raceway park when the car suddenly went off the track killing them both. the memorial sits outside the muffler's shop and they are looking into whether a detachable steering wheel is to blame. >>> they are tar getting unrulely antiabortionists offering reproductive services. this happened at several planned parenthood centers and the areas will apply to entryways an exits and driveways and hospitals will be excluded. >>> a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants. they will require congress to first agree progress is being made on border security. it comes on the agreement to overhaul the immigration laws. hall would like to incorporate some of his ideas. a new study ends up in the hands of smugglers. now according to the trans border institute, all u.s. gun sales are taking firearms to mexico. an average of 200 firearms
.and the driver. 14 year old marcus johnson.known by the nickname m-j was a lifelong racer.starting with smaller vehicles like go karts.since he was five years old.here you can see him posing with a trophy in this snapshot here..alongside his older cousin chase.who you see on the right hand side of the screen. that young man..now 17.was behind the wheel during saturday's fatal crash. chase johnson has also been a competitive racer since a young age.his website reveals that he comes from 4 generations of race car drivers.the 17 year old lives in penngrove.a town outside petaluma..some of the championships he's won have been here at the petaluma speedway.the teen is a senior at petaluma high school. his shop teacher says chase is a good student.one of several kids at the school that are very involved in the sport. chase johnson's website lists marcus as a member of his crew.but the yuba county sherriff department. reports that marcus was not an official member of the pit crew, and his presence in the pit area is still being investigated. maureen kelly kron4 news. the second person who was killed h
peopl people. 14-year-old marcus johnson died after his 17-year-old cousin chase drove into the crowd on saturday. marcus friends tell abc 7 news he loved racing as well and they say he was well liked. those who know the january son family say they are very close. >> it will be very difficult for them to to peculiar up the pieces and move on. they will because they are strong people but it will be hard. >> never mean. never rude. always said nice things. talked basketball a lot. we also would talk about basketball shoes. he loved shoes a lot. >>reporter: nice kid everybody says. 68-year-old dale wonder jam of grass valley also died in this accident. crash investigators now focusing on possible faulty steering wheel. >> new at 11:00. fremont police lacking for brazen thief who stole 25,000 dollars worth of copper wire. taken from pg&e storage yard on boyce road early sunday. police say man took forklift from nearby construction site then drove through the storage yard fencing. he loaded up the fork wlivt a 5600 pound spool of copper wire. dropped it open to his pickup truck
johnson died after his 17-year-old cousin chase drove into the crowd on saturday. marcus friends tell abc 7 news he loved racing as well and they say he was well liked. those who know the january son family say they are very close. >> it will be very difficult for them to to peculiar up the pieces and move on. they will because they are strong people but it will be hard. >> never mean. never rude. always said nice things. talked basketball a lot. we also would talk about basketball shoes. he loved shoes a lot. >>reporter: nice kid everybody says. 68-year-old dale wonder jam of grass valley also died in this accident. crash investigators now focusing on possible faulty steering wheel. >> new at 11:00. fremont police lacking for brazen thief who stole 25,000 dollars worth of copper wire. taken from pg&e storage yard on boyce road early sunday. police say man took forklift from nearby construction site then drove through the storage yard fencing. he loaded up the fork wlivt a 5600 pound spool of copper wire. dropped it open to his pickup truck and drove off. >> alameda county foo
track and hit two spectators. one of those killed was marcus' cousin, marcus johnson. johnson, the driver was not seriously hurt. >> >> oakland police are moving ahead with a plan to divide the cities into districts. kelley rasmussen is live to explain how opd is looking outside of the department for help. >> >> reporter: we are in the middle of the newly formed police district four. opd said as part of the new plan, they want to hear directly from the people in the community. eduardo has one this for the last 16 years. he lieings the idea of more interaction between police and the community they patrol. >> this is a model that is working in many, many cities across the country. >> reporter: the model divides the city into five districts. each has a designated captain required to meet regularly. >> neighbor from the face based community or prime prevention counsels. >> >> reporter: the community leaders will share their thoughts and complaints directly with the district captain. >> we'll open it up to the community. even if you are not on an advisory board, we'll have the meet
in santa rosa where 14-year-old marcus johnson was remembered today. >> reporter: heather this message at rincon valley middle school will greet students returning tomorrow from spring break. expressing the sorrow many of them shared today. >> reporter: when he was 3 years old he started watching his cousin chase race. >> reporter: both racers both champions until a freak accident with a steering wheel sent one teenager's car careening out of control hitting and killing his own cousin. >> marcus was watching a race in marysville when a freak unforseen, unavoidable accident took place. >> reporter: that was the only mention of the crash as a crowd filled this church and overflowed into two other rooms. 1,700 people in all. >> he would be overwhelmed i think he would say wow, cool. but i wish they all were in an arena some where watching me play basketball. >> reporter: basketball was the eighth graders other passion. >> he didn't turn his uniform in immediately at the end of the season. >> reporter: his coach remembers an apology marcus wrote to him. >> not only did he take the time to
accident last weekend. 14-year-old marcus johnson was struck and killed by a race car at marysville raceway. johnson's cousin was driving the car when he lost control and crashed into the pit area. the accident also killed 68- year-old dale wonderjim. hundreds of people are expected to attend a memorial service to remember his life. investigators say they are still looking into that exact cause of the crash. >>> highway patrol is investigating a deadly head on crash in sunol involving three vehicles. it happened yesterday morning on highway 84. chp says the driver of a dodge a 46-year-old man from hayward drifted into an on coming lane hitting another vehicle. he died on the scene. four other people in the two other cars were injured. the accident closed the highway for two hours. >>> chp is cracking down on reckless motorcycles and bike riders. highway patrol officers say gone up. they will target motorcyclists breaking traffic laws on the sunday morning ride. they will also look for bicyclists who don't stop at stop signs or let drivers pass. >>> this upcoming week holds two major traffic
the santa rosa bible search for the memorial service for marcus johnson. the crowd over flowed to other areas of the church. gina johnson had the strength to say boy who to her boy who was taken from her in an instant. >> forever we will feel the warmth of your smile, marcus, your heart felt embrace, the magic in your eyes and the gentleness of your soul. >> marcus was killed when he was hit by a sprint car driven by his cousin, chase, march 16th at the race way park. the 68-year-old race way sponsor was also killed. a fund was set up in his name. a portion will go to low income students to pay for school and athletic equipment. >>> people are lining up at the supreme court in hopes of getting a seat to witness history. arguments to the right of same-sex marriage starts on tuesday. the first involves the constitutionality of proposition 8. it banned same-sex marriage after the state's highest court ruled it was legal. california's attorney general opposes the ban. >> i am absolutely against same sex marriage because they are simply unconstitutional. >> the other case deals with the defe
. marcus johnson was laid to rest in a private ceremony today. a public memorial is planned for tomorrow. flags were flown at half staff and a moment of silence was observed for marcus and bill wondergen. fans filled the stands in support of the victim and the sport. >> a real close family. we love coming here and watching this. what happened last weekend was sad. i think it's great everybody is here and still racing. >> ama: the crash is still under investigation but police say mechanical failure in the racecar appears to be the likely cause. >>> new details on a fatal head-on collision that closed highway 84 in pinole two hours this morning. a man was killed when his dodge see dan ran into an suv on the highway just west of main street after 9:00. you can see the tremendous impact of the crash that left both vehicles badly mangled. three passengers in the suv were taken to the hospital with minor injuries. chp is investigating the cause of the crash. >>> for the second time this month, santa clara county paid cash for weapons. a gun buyback was held this morning in san jose. people tur
was chase's 14 year old cousin, marcus johnson. relatives say the cousins were very close. 68 year old dale wondergem of grass valley was also killed. >>> alameda police are investigating a stabbing that left two people injured at a bar. it happened around closing time last night at skobiex's on central avenue will people were out celebrating st. patrick's day. police say the victims were involved in a fight between two groups. one victim was stabbed in the neck. the second was cut on the head. investigators are trying to determine what type of weapon was used. neighbors say this is not the first time there has been trouble at skobie's. >> this violence is it just seems like it could easily be prevented. i don't know why they are serving people when they are clearly intoxicated to the point where they are having street fights in a residential area. >> so far, no arrests have been made. one of the victims underwent surgery and is now in stable condition. the other was treat and released. >>> just about 90 minutes from now, former santa clara county supervisor is due in court and a plea to co
at a raceway. the family of marcus johnson owns this muffler shop in santa rosa. friends bringing flowers and candles and balloons to the front door leaving messages of support for the family. he was killed saturday night when a car on the the raceway lost control and slammed into the pit crew. the car was driven by his 17-year-old cousin, chase johnson. >> this is a total tragedy. it really is. it hits the hard really bad. >> sad this happens. it's a risk we take when we go racing. >> a 68-year-old man was also killed in this crash. the driver, chase johnson, he's from the petaluma area, he was not hurt. >>> in another sad event, a motorcycle rider was killed last night in a multi-car crash on interstate 680 near walnut creek. this all happened about 6:00 p.m. a total of four vehicles involved in the crash including that motorcycle. you can see there a nissan 350 z burst into flames after the collision. details of what happened do remain unclear at this hour but a witness says the motorcycle and another car were driving recklessly before the crash. investigators from chp urging anybody w
marcus johnson. the 14-year-old and another spectator were killed on saturday when arrays car flew -- a race car flew off the track at raceway park. >>> the supervisor will introduce rulely antiabortion protesters now they wanted to create a planned parenthood as this comes to special recent responses and protests at the planned parenthood at valencia street. the new zones will apply to entranceways. >>> they are still facing the real possibility they may shut down in june but the college serves almost 90,000 students and is moving ahead for the search of a new chancellor. they are expected to approve the money needed to begin that search. now it is unfinished business as it fights to stay open. c.c. if because of a panels finding has not fixed major problems because of leadership and financial planning. >>> mta is meeting about a taxi app in san francisco. they may soon require realtime information about where their cabs are and when they will be available. third-parties can connect people with the nearest available cab. right now as you can imagine catching a cab is challenging o
a raceway crash that killed the 14-year-old boy from santa rosa this weekend. marcus johnson died when his 17-year-old cousin chase lost control of a sprint car and crashed right into the pit area at the raceway. the johnson family now said chase tells him the steering wheel in his car came loose as he entered a turn. that ultimately caused the crash. the family said that car was new. at this point it's not clear why the wheel would come loose. the crash happened while chase johnson was driving warm-up laps for an upcoming competition. >>> we are on stormwatch. meteorologist christina loren is standing by with a look at potential rain onot potential, there is rain coming to the bay area. >> right, there is. i've been wrong before, but not many times. it is happening, got to be honest. temperatures are looking pretty good. nice and mild. all the cloud cover overhead subtropical moisture. feels muggy, tropical. last day of winter. it's going to feel winter-like tomorrow for the first day of spring. temperatures getting close to the 70 degree mark just about everywhere. here our counterclockw
moment of silence paying tribute to 14- year-old marcus johnson from santa rosa and 60-year-old dale wondergem, 68-year-old dale wondergem. last saturday the two were killed when a driver lost control and crashed into the pit area. some say it's too soon to have a competition, but others say it's what the fans and drivers wanted. >>> continuing coverage now of march madness and the ncaa tournament is now over for cal. we were at kip's bar in berkeley where some fans who didn't make the trip to san josi gathered to watch their team take on syracuse and cheer them on, but unfortunately it wasn't the result that they were hoping for as the bears saw their championship run end tonight. ktvu's debora villalon is live at hp pavilion where that game just wrapped up a short time ago. such disappoint. >> reporter: yes, heather with the win fans might still be here, but they cleared out fast reflecting on what might have been. >> hey syracuse, good luck success, you guys will run into someone called oregon soon. >> reporter: cal fans did not beat the odds tonight. the exuberance and experienc
rememberances of marcus johnson killed last week in a freak race car accident in which his cousin accidentally killed him. he was filled with things he loved, his racing gear, he won't championships himself and he was a stand out athlete, but always friendly, willing to help others and quick with a hug. >> middle school, you are in high school and it is okay and wave goodbye. don't worry about showing your affection to your parents, you just never know when it will be your last, i hope you think about that. >> marcus was very close to his cousin chase who was also an accomplished racer who said the steering wheel went out of function and lost control. he lost his life in the pitt also but there was no mention how marcus died. just a few hours of that he died and his generous spirit of how he lived. ktvu channel 2 news. >>> developing news in the south bay, just a half hour ago an evacuation was lifted as they capped a natural gas leak. the leak was reported near south park victoria drive. the gas was turned off just before 4:00 and residents were let back in their homes and pg&e has not said
including nevada. >>> they will gather for a special assembly in a gym to remember marcus johnson. the 14-year-old and another spectator were killed on saturday when arrays car flew -- a race car flew off the track at raceway park. >>> the supervisor will introduce rulely antiabortion protesters now they wanted to create a planned parenthood as this comes to special recent responses and protests at the planned parenthood at valencia street. the new zones will apply to entranceways. >>> they are still facing the real possibility they may shut down in june but the college serves almost 90,000 students and is moving ahead for the search of a new chancellor. they are expected to approve the money needed to begin that search. now it is unfinished business as it fights to stay open. c.c. if because of a panels finding has not fixed major problems because of leadership and financial planning. >>> mta is meeting about a taxi app in san francisco. they may soon require realtime information about where their cabs are and when they will be available. thi
saturday at maryville's raceway park. the driver and the victim are family. marcus johnson of santa rosa was in the pit area watching warmup laps for a sprint car race and hasn't when a car driven by his own cousin, 17- year-old chase johnson, flew off the track. marcus was hit and killed. his dad said the two were more than cousins. they were best friends who shared a passion for car racing. >> two of them were peas in a pod and they would enjoy everything and and enjoy ef-- enjoy everything together and enjoy every minute of life together. >> the steering wheel popped up, causing him to lose control. at this point, the yuba county sheriff's office is investigating the cause of the crash. chase, the driver, was not hurt in the crash. the other person killed in the crash, 68-year-old dale windergem was in the pit area and owned cars scheduled to race. at the time of the accident, about 1600 spectators were in the stands. another 600 people were in the pit area of that racetrack complex in marysville. so it's amazing more people weren't hurt. in our next hour of "mornings on 2," what expe
. marcus johnson of santa rosa was in the pit area watching warmup laps for a sprint car race and hasn't when a car driven by his own cousin, 17- year-old chase johnson, flew off the track. marcus was hit and killed. his dad said the two were more than cousins. they were best friends who shared a passion for car racing. >> two of them were peas in a pod and they would enjoy everything and and enjoy ef-- enjoy everything together and enjoy every minute of life together. >> the steering wheel popped up, causing him to lose control. at this point, the yuba county sheriff's office is investigating the cause of the crash. chase, the driver, was not hurt in the crash. the other person killed in the crash, 68-year-old dale windergem was in the pit area and owned cars scheduled to race. at the time of the accident, about 1600 spectators were in the stands. another 600 people were in the pit area of that racetrack complex in marysville. so it's amazing more people weren't hurt. in our next hour of "mornings on 2," what experts at the track say about the i
school in santa rosa gathered together last night to remember marcus johnson. on saturday, he was one of two people in the pit area of the raceway park killed by an out of the control car. the car was actually drive were by marcus' own cousin, a 17-year-old chase johnson, a senior at petaluma high school. mourners noted the double tragedy. >> since first grade he would bring the race cars to school forever vents and it was fun to see. >> i cannot thing of a worse tragedy. he and his cousin were as close as you could be the they raced the same raceway. >> the cause of the tragic crash is under investigation. some family members say the steering wheel of the car came off. >> developing news in vallejo, police there are investigating their 6th murder. officers found a man shot to death last night, someone called police to report shots fired in a home. officers found the victim dead inside a garage. they say he was an older man. they have not released his name. no arrest or motive. this is vallejo's second homicide since thursday. >> today the former santa clara supervisor who misused tax
bible search for the memorial service for marcus johnson. the crowd over flowed to other areas of the church. gina johnson had the strength to say goodbye to her boy who was taken from her in an instant. >> forever we will feel the warmth of your smile, marcus, your heart felt embrace, the magic in your eyes and the gentleness of your soul. >> marcus was killed when he was hit by a sprint car driven by his cousin, chase, march 16th at the race way park. the 68-year-old race way sponsor was also killed. a fund was set up in his name. a portion will go to low income students to pay for school and athletic equipment. >>> people are lining up at the supreme court in hopes of getting a seat to witness history. arguments to the right of same-sex marriage starts on tuesday. the first involves the constitutionality of proposition 8. it banned same-sex marriage after the state's highest court ruled it was legal. california's attorney general opposes the ban. >> i am absolutely against same sex marriage because they are simply unconstitutional. >> the other case deals with the defensive
marcus johnson was in the pitt area, watching his cousin complete warm up laps when the car suddenly went off the track and struck the santa rosa teen and another spectator, killing them both. >> i was completely shocked i just didn't think that was possible, not marcus. >> reporter: basketball coach, and teacher, patrick eagle described him as a dream kid and player. >> always supportive of his teammates, never said anything mean, tried hard all the time just an all around terrific kid. >> reporter: investigators are looking into whether the car's detachable steering wheel malfunctioned. his father said his nephew chase johnson had taken precautions with the wheel. >> he checked it. i watched him check it myself. i don't know how it could come apart. >> reporter: they were said to be more like broughtcome from a long tradition of racing. at the family's muffler shop a picture and words of remembrance for the eighth grader. >> i am going to miss him a lot. it is so crazy he is not here any more seemed like just yesterday we were playing basketball. >> reporter: the 17-year-old chase, john
yesterday remembering the life of 14-year- old marcus johnson. the eighth grader and another bystander were both killed after a race car driven by johnson's cousin lost control at marysville raceway. yesterday his coaches, classmates, and mother remembered him as a model student and player. >> he was so excited to get his braces off he wanted to play high school basketball next year. it'shearted to believe i will never see him play basketball again. >> today is the first day back from spring break where johnson was an eighth grader. grief counselors will be there today and a special assembly has been planned in his honor. >>> the sanford women are in the second round of the ncaa basketball tournament. the cardinals defeated the 16th seed tulsa yesterday. the game was uncomfortably close. stanford ran away with it
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